Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 in Review

Today as I was hanging up our new calander I had the chance to look through our 2010 calander and saw what a crazy year it was! To summarize:
Celebrated Ryan's 26th Birthday
Ash took an amazing trip to Orlando with 2 of her best friends - on this trip she declared she wanted to wait a year from then to get pregnant, and try for that girl.
Had a visit from special friends, Max and Kathleen
Found out we were pregnant..again...a whole year earlier than planned (see January)
Celebrated PawPaw's Birthday
Celebrated sweet Cade's 1st Birthday
Had first "baby doc appt"
Went to a friends baby shower in Jacksonville
Went to a friends wedding in Jacksonville
Went to Charleston for a friends wedding and to visit with Max and Kathleen
Met one of my best friends now fiance, in Jacksonville
Found out baby was a GIRL!!
Traveled down to south Florida for Ryan's friends wedding
Celebrated Ash's 26th Birthday
Celebrated Reed's 3rd Bday
Had Birthday party for Reed and Gabe at Gramma and PawPaw's
Reed took swim lessons!!
2 Baby showers
Cade transitioned to "big boy bed"
Family Reunion at Callaway Gardens
Ash's baby shower in Jacksonville
Reed started Pre-school 2 days a week
Reed played soccer - practice once a week, games on Saturday
Ryan played softball
Trip to Jacksonville for Mima's unveiling
Celebrated Gramma's Birthday
Celebrated Uncle Michael's Birthday
Tallahassee baby shower at Melting Pot
More soccer
More softball
Friends baby shower
To Jacksonville for Ryan's Alumni Rugby game
To Jacksonville for Thanksgiving
Celebrated Mimi's Birthday
Ash and Bailey went to Orlando with Mimi
Reed's first Christmas program with school
Ryan had surgery
Celebrated Christmas

Well that brings us up to date! We had another crazy year, full of blessings and more "adjustments".

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December Fun!

December has been a fun but busy month already! Reed is in pre-school 2 days a week this year and seems to love it! I think the best part for me, aside from a little break, is when he brings home all of the crafts he has been working on! He brought home a whole bag of Christmas goodies and decorations! It may be my favorite gift!! He also was in his first Christmas program this past week! He did a great job! I was surprised to see him actually singing! He did get a little distracted and started looking around at the decorations behind him about half way through, but thats OK!
We also went to the mall this week to see Santa. Every year there has been a change in the way the boys react to Santa. This year Reed was so excited - a HUGE change from last year when he was terrified. Reed ran over to Santa, took his picture and then told him he wanted a firetruck for Christmas (this was news to me!). Cade was a little unsure, and after he took his picture he ran back over to the stroller and sat down next to Bailey. Unfortunatley, Bailey was sleeping, and Santa's arms seemed to be full enough with just the boys, so she is not in the picture. There is always next year!
Our sweet little baby girl is growing like a weed! She is almost 2 months old, and it feels like she has always been here!! She is such a joy! I love seeing her sweet little personality coming out - she smiles ALL the time!!

As Christmas approaches it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of as to not forget the real "reason for the season" I will leave you with this:
"But then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' "
I hope to remember to celebrate my Savior instead of my "stuff"

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Bailey Grace Dender
born October 24, 2010
at 4:13 pm
6 lbs 5 oz
19 1/2 in.
We are thrilled to have this sweet little girl in our lives. Her delivery was as perfect as we could have imagined, and she was actually born on time!! Her brothers love her already and I can't wait to see what fun is in store for our family!!
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Maternity Pictures

Thanks to my very talented and sweet friend, we now have some beautiful pictures documenting this pregnancy and our family of 4 (soon to be 5)!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's a...

We found out today that the little one growing in my belly is a GIRL!! I am thrilled! I can't wait to see Ryan be a Daddy to a little girl, and Reed is excited to hug and kiss his little sister!! She is growing just like she should be and showed off all 10 of her little toes to us multiple times! We feel very blessed!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Cade

Cade turned one on Friday, and on that day I realized that a miracle it really was that he is alive! On the day he was born I was told that I had a maternal-fetal bleed, meaning blood from the Cade was going through the placenta and back into me. Cade was born with 1/3 of the blood he was supposed to have. He had to have 2 blood transfusions and lived in the NICU for a week. However, it could have been SO much worse. I was also told that this "condition" is thought to be a big cause of still births. I had felt Cade stop moving and went to the doctor - and that day ended in Cade's birth by emergency C-section.
I am SO thankful to have Cade in our lives!! He is my little miracle!!
We had a great time celebrating his birth with our family:

And we ended the day with a little announcement...
Cade is going to be a Big Brother in October!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Recent Pictures...

Weekend Projects!

This weekend Ryan and I were both busy with a few projects. I was asked by a friend to make a baby shower gift for her I put my new memory card and sewing machine to work! It was SO much fun, and pretty easy. I am sorry I can't turn the pictures, but I did figure out how to resize my pictures so I can easily upload! YAY!!

While I was sewing Ryan was outside building us some new storage! I love them!! We are still working on organizing them, but I love that I have an easy place to hide toys ( 4 baskets in the bottom), and we have somewhere to display some pictures that we couldn't put out before due to the risk of a baby throwing it on the ground!

Be back soon with a post of my babies! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Life is busy

Life has been busy around this house, and technology has not been cooperating, thus no pictures :(

Cade's Newest Accomplishments at 10 months:
Waves "hi and bye"
Gives "fives"
Claps when you say "yay!!"
Answers the question "How big are you?" by throwing his hands up over his head, which is followed by Reed saying "Baby Cade is so big!" and then "I'm so big too"
Makes kissy sounds/ gives big wet kisses on the lips
Eats almost all table food
Stands by himself for a few seconds (getting longer everyday)
Walks with a walker like a champ!!
LOVES to play ball
Gets VERY excited everyday when Daddy comes home!!

Reed's Accomplishments:
It amazes me how many words Reed knows/can say or attempt to say! It is so fun to listen to him talk and tell me stories!! Such a big boy!!!
Is still working on potty training....I think #2 scares him...

What fun these little boys are!!